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UK records another 13,430 coronavirus cases and 603 deaths

Written by on 01/12/2020

Another 13,430 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the UK, with 603 more having died after contracting the disease.

The latest government figures bring the total number of coronavirus cases in the UK to 1,643,086 – and the total number of deaths within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test to 59,051.

It is a slight rise from the 12,330 new cases that were posted on Monday, but a significant increase on the 205 deaths that were recorded.

The update comes on the final day of England’s lockdown, which Health Secretary Matt Hancock declared yesterday had helped get the virus “back under control”.

England is set to be carved up into tiers once again from Wednesday, with a Tory rebellion unlikely to jeopardise the restrictions from being voted through by parliament tonight.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he hopes the measures will keep the pandemic at manageable levels before they are relaxed over Christmas, with a vaccine possibly available “in a few weeks”.

“This could – could, if we’re lucky, if everything goes right – be available just in a few weeks,” he said on Monday.

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“This could – and I stress could – really be the salvation for humanity, these vaccines, not just this one but obviously all the vaccines that are currently being developed.”

Mr Johnson was speaking during a visit to pharmaceutical company Wockhardt’s facility in Wrexham, where it is hoped the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine will be produced.

 Sky News

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